Iridium Eye Flashback: Haibane Renmei

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Hello, everyone!

When I did my one year anniversary post last month, I had a lot of thoughts. It’s been a fun journey reviewing things, but I realized that not all of my followers or casual viewers have been familiar with my older reviews when I started Iridium Eye.

This needs to change.

Once a month, I will highlight a review that I wrote close to the same time a year ago. I know I have some highlights that I’ve written a while back. This first flashback (or 2nd if you count my anniversary post mentioning Theeb) is Haibane Renmei.

Haibane Renmei has a big place in my heart. It was a powerful anime series for me to watch and it really up-ended my understanding of what storytelling can be in an animated format. The characters were relatable and multiple scenes really hit me in the feels even to this day. The reason why I mentioned this review is because Haibane Renmei is literally the FIRST thing I’ve given a full 10/10 points to. This was a milestone in itself.

That show made a fan out of me. I own two soundtracks from this anime and the Hanenone OST was the first anime soundtrack I bought with my own money. Not to mention I have a shirt with the show’s logo on it.

Iridium Eye Statistics for Haibane Renmei:

-1st review to get a 10/10.
-Shortest anime series to get a 10/10. (13 episodes)
-1 of 2 10/10s that were licensed by Funimation (although originally licensed by the now-defunct Geneon USA)
-1 of 2 anime series getting a 10/10 that involves Yoshitoshi ABe with the other being Texhnolyze.
-#10 most watched review in 2017 (tied with Shamanic Princess and Song of the Sea)

Feel free to check out this review here.

Now that you read this flashback and hopefully the review that started it all, I have hints for my next three reviews.

-A Colombian movie involving a mix of intense drama alongside sports.
-A Go Nagai work that was a sequel/remake of one of his biggest franchises and it was the first one in this series to get American distribution. Interestingly enough, that property is being remade this year.
-A studio Ghibli period piece that takes place in one of Japan’s biggest cities not named Tokyo.

-Curtis Monroe

All photos used under US “Fair Use” laws. Haibane Renmei is property of Funimation. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Funimation.


    • Yup. Haibane Renmei is certainly something wonderful and meaningful. I’m glad some other people know about it even though there’s no fanservice, shonen action fests, or otaku pandering. This series really is artsy.


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